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SNU at No. 1 in university survey

Nov 07,2015
Seoul National University took first place in the JoongAng Ilbo’s comprehensive university rankings celebrating the 50th anniversary of the newspaper’s establishment.

Sungkyunkwan University, Hanyang University’s Seoul campus, Yonsei University’s Seoul campus and Korea University’s Anam campus ranked second to fifth, respectively.

In the survey, two types of university assessments were conducted: one was a comprehensive assessment of four-year colleges with four or more faculty departments, including humanities, social science, engineering, natural science, medicine, art, music and physical education, while the other appraised different education methods.

According to the faculty ranking, Seoul National University came in at No. 1 for its humanities and social science departments, while Pohang University of Science and Technology took the top spot for engineering and natural science.

The assessments aimed to highlight universities’ overall competitiveness.

Books and materials written by university professors also served as decisive indicators in ranking the humanities and social science faculty, while the degree of industrial cooperation was factored into assessing the natural science and engineering departments.

The quality of dissertations, based on paper citation counts, served as a more influential indicator than the number of dissertations quoted in academic journals. The quality of student education programs was also considered.

In the comprehensive assessment, Seoul National University ranked top among 80 universities in terms of the quality of books and translations written by its professors and the quality of those dissertations quoted in academic journals.

Sungkyunkwan University was also ranked high for its investments in research and the commercialization of research results.

Programs supporting entrepreneurs stood out at Hanyang University in northwestern Seoul, where more than 56 percent of total university students were or had taken a class on entrepreneurship last year.

Current Hanyang University students or university graduates make up the largest number of CEOs at high-tech venture firms.

The university ranked third in the comprehensive assessment of its entrepreneurship education, while industrial cooperation also ranked high.

Yonsei University ranked No. 1 in the job maintenance category, which aimed to evaluate the quality of employment among graduates by examining the percentage of grads who have worked at the same company for six months or more.

Meanwhile, Korea University’s Anam campus had the largest number of exchange students, with 3,234 foreign students and 2,056 students currently studying abroad.

BY THE UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT TEAM [koo.yurim@joongang.co.kr]